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Stroke Awareness

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. A stroke is a medical emergency. Prompt treatment is crucial. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications.

Classes & Events

Mankato, MN
06/11/2020
4:30-6 p.m.

Stroke Support Group

Support Groups

Eau Claire, WI
06/18/2020
Noon-1:30 p.m.

In The News

Eau Claire receives Primary Stroke Center recertification

Two-year recertification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission included a Certificate of Distinction.

June 19, 2019
New Prague providing neurosurgery services to patients

Manish Sharma, M.B.B.S. sees patients every third week for neurosurgery services. 

November 9, 2018

From The Blog

Women and stroke: What you need to know

Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women, and each year 55,000 more women than men have a stroke. But there's good news: You can so something about it.

May 25, 2020

With stroke, time is survival

Stroke symptoms come on suddenly, and there’s an acronym to make it easy to recognize and act on these symptoms: Think FAST.

May 22, 2020

Video visits help therapy patients recover at home

Patients recovering from stroke and orthopedic surgery, and children experiencing speech difficulties are among the growing number of patients now using video visits. Discover the benefits of rehab therapy video visits.

May 14, 2020

Mankato man recounts fight back from major stroke, learns to speak again

 It was a typical summer evening in July 2018. Dan Boswell went home to let the dog out, and then, in an instant, his life changed.

May 1, 2019

Man survives stroke being in right place at right time

Ken Eckes was in the right place at the right time when he had a stroke. Thanks to quick treatment, he is back in the game and threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a local baseball team's "Strike Out Stroke" game.

June 25, 2018

Lucky to be with us

When an infant suffers a stroke in utero, the effects of the stroke can impact the child for life. If treated promptly, the complications from a stroke can greatly be reduced. Read on to learn how one La Crosse family was able to get the immediate help their child needed.

May 24, 2017

Mayo Clinic staff experiences collaborative care firsthand after stroke

The week after The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, Dave Berg was feeling great. But he didn't realize he would soon be the beneficiary of coordinated care after having a stroke.

May 17, 2017

Coordinated stroke care means improved outcomes

When 62-year-old Mankato resident Dale Hachfeld’s coworkers first heard him slurring his words, they thought he was trying to be funny. But when his left side gave way and he started to fall over, his coworkers knew it was no joke.

May 3, 2017

When a stroke strikes, every minute counts

The first sign of trouble was a strange sensation in Dolores Brumm’s right arm. Just a few minutes later, the 88-year-old Eitzen resident knew something was definitely wrong.

April 6, 2017

Quick medical attention helped Eau Claire stroke survivor

“It was like a light switch went off.” That is how Mark Diers describes how he felt on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. He was at work at a retail store when, suddenly, he had trouble speaking and couldn’t make his right hand work correctly.

May 26, 2016

Stroke care: What is America’s grade in 2016?

Just about everyone knows someone that has had a stroke or has heard about stroke. Do you know that the chance of dying from a stroke is on the decline?

Felix Chukwudelunzu, M.D. By Felix Chukwudelunzu April 28, 2016

Fast care in Fairmont helped Joe Burns survive a stroke

As Joe and Pat Burns found out recently, when it comes to treating a stroke, it’s all about time.

“You need to start treatment quickly, within about three hours, for it to be most effective,” says Joe, a Fairmont resident and retired social studies teacher. Joe should know: he has survived two strokes, thanks in part to the quick action of his wife, Pat, and caregivers at Mayo Clinic Health System.

May 12, 2015